Skip to main content

These new phones don’t bother with a headphone jack, but they’re not made by Apple

leeco le 2 pro max news
Image used with permission by copyright holder
If you’ve never heard of LeEco, you may know the company as Letv, which made a big splash earlier this year with the Letv Max Pro, the first phone with a Snapdragon 820 processor. Following a name change to LeEco (that’s for ‘ecosystem,’ rather than eco-friendly) it has now launched three new phones — the Le 2, Le 2 Pro (pictured above), and Le Max 2, all of which are missing an until now, very common feature: the headphone jack.

A “feature” rumored for inclusion on the next Apple iPhone, the removal of the headphone jack presents a problem. Where do you plug in your headphones? LeEco solves the self-made problem by bundling earbuds or over-ear headphones that operate through the USB Type-C connector. Apparently, the headphones support LeEco’s Continual Digital Lossless Audio system, but the benefits are unknown for now.

How about the rest of the specs? Let’s look at the Le 2 and Le 2 Pro. Both have a big 5.5-inch touchscreen with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, 32GB of internal storage space, and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. The differences come in power and with the rear camera, which is 16-megapixels on the Le 2 and 21 megapixels on the Le 2 Pro. MediaTek provides the processor. The deca-core Helio X20 is inside the Le 2, while the revised X25 is powering the Le 2 Pro. The latter is currently only found inside the Meizu Pro 6.

The Le Max 2 is likely to be the successor to the Le Max Pro we saw at the beginning of 2016, has a 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 pixel screen, and is powered by the Snapdragon 820 processor, with a gigantic 6GB of RAM. LeEco does enjoy giving its phone plenty of power. A 21-megapixel Sony camera is on the back, which is the same setup as the Le 2 Pro, and there’s 64GB of storage space. All three phones have a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the device, under the camera lens. LeEco still intends to launch at least one phone in the U.S. later this year, and there’s an excellent chance it’ll be the Le Max 2.

Prices vary from around $230 for the Le 2, $325 for the basic Le 2 Pro, and $390 for the Le Max 2. Pre-orders apparently begin today in China, but no local or international release dates have been discussed.

Editors' Recommendations

Andy Boxall
Andy is a Senior Writer at Digital Trends, where he concentrates on mobile technology, a subject he has written about for…
10 colors I wish Apple made for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro
iPhone 15 Pro in a red color.

Apple finally revealed the iPhone 15 at its “Wonderlust” event on September 12. This lineup includes the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max. There were other products announced during the event as well, but the iPhone 15 series is the biggest of the bunch.

However, Apple’s really been dropping the ball lately in terms of device colors. This year is especially bad with the very pastel and muted colors of the iPhone 15 models, not to mention the various shades of gray for the iPhone 15 Pro variants.

Read more
I finally figured out why I don’t love the iPhone 14 Pro’s camera
A close-up of the iPhone 14 Pro's camera module.

My iPhone 14 Pro and its camera have been with me for almost a year now, but as I looked for photos to share in this retrospective about the camera’s ability, it became clear I hadn’t used it to capture many truly important moments.

It struck me as odd. After all, it’s a good camera, and the results when I do use it are often superb. Plus, I've loved iPhone cameras in the past, so why don’t I always reach for it every time I want to take a great photo? I think I've finally figured out the reasons why.
When the iPhone 14 Pro gets it right

Read more
I don’t want Apple to announce its VR headset
A rendering of an Apple mixed-reality headset (Reality Pro) in a gold color seen from the front.

Apple’s 2023 Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is rapidly approaching, and I’m starting to get a rather unpleasant pain in my wallet. The long-rumored Apple Reality Pro VR/AR headset is apparently going to be revealed during the event’s keynote, and I’ve got a terrible feeling I’m not going to be able to resist it.

Why? Because Apple makes great products, I'm sure it’s going to be presented exceptionally well, and I'm doubly sure I’m exactly the person it’ll be targeting. It’s not a good combination, and I worry the only thing that's going to stop me from potentially handing over $3,000 for one is for Apple not to announce it at all.
Take the exciting concept of AR and VR ...
Apple headset render Ahmed Chenni,

Read more